11 Keys to a Successful Freelance Career

Covering these essentials will make self-employment more enjoyable and more sustainable.

2. Steady nerves

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Freelancing is great for all the reasons you’d suspect: flexibility, freedom from office politics, less commuting and more job satisfaction are a few. But the insecurity never stops.

One freelancer I know likens the life to Tarzan’s: It’s great swinging from vine to vine but awfully scary when you’re hanging in midair and can’t see the next vine to grab. Be sure you can embrace the uncertainty before leaving a good day job.

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